Jan Daanen - Lizard of the Meuse River
Name: Jan Daanen
Title: Lizard of the Meuse River
Specie: Mosasaurus hoffmanni (Mantell 1829)
Description: De Mosasaurus hoffmanni (Mantell 1829), also known as the 'lizard of the Meuse River' belongs to an extinct group of marine reptiles. They flourished during the last 25 million years of the Cretaceous Period and went extinct at the end of it. Phylogenetically the Mosasaurs are considered to be closely related to living monitor lizards. This scientific reconstruction is primarely based on the skeletal reconstruction of the Mosasaurus hoffmanni NHMM 006696, informally referred to as the 'Bemelen mosasaur' on display at the Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht. Literature fossil data suggests that the mosasaur had a forked tongue, dorsal fin and bended fluke and a dark coloration. Mosasaurus hoffmanni was one of the largest species of mosasaurs.
Category: Scientific illustration
Size: 42,0 x 29,7 cm